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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:22:27AM

Exploring nature in DeSoto County

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Nature walk participants gather around walk leader Gil MacAdam, center, to tour DeSoto County School’s Environmental Learning Lab. Gil’s focus was on how the hydrology of a site influences plant communities. DeSoto’s Florida Master Naturalists are giving talks and walks to acquaint residents with what our natural areas offer.


Gil MacAdam points out some features at the Environmental Learning Lab for members of the walking tour. The ELL is open to the public. It is on Environmental Lab Road, off COunty Road 769 (Kings Highway).

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We headed out recently on a walk with the Florida Master Naturalist program to explore the Environmental Learning Lab. Despite having heard much about DeSoto County School District’s outdoor classroom over the years, we had never been there.

Why? Probably because our backyard is much like the ELL. We were not surprised that we learned some new things on the walk, for there is always more to learn about nature. It was also great to see this marvelous resource for teaching across multi-disciplines. If you haven’t been there, go and see for yourself this facility that has been used for 40 years to teach our children about Florida nature and environment. The ELL is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Group tours may be arranged by calling 494-6611. The ELL is located at 8152 Environmental Lab Road, off County Road 769.

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